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The Challenges of Multiple Identity

Ruthellen Josselson and Michele Harway

in Navigating Multiple Identities

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199732074
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933457 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732074.003.0001
The Challenges of Multiple Identity

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Increasing numbers of people manage multiple racial, ethnic, national, or gender identities. The question explored in this book is how people navigate a variety of socially constructed but deeply embodied identities, in a variety of circumstances and contexts. This first chapter provides the theoretical and organization context for the book. Addressed here is the issue of the construction of coherence when coherence is no longer guaranteed by the sameness of collective identity. A variety of theories shed light on the experience of individuals navigating multiple identities. This chapter focuses on such constructs as development of ego identity, identity formation, racial identity development, acculturation and immigration, transnationalism, intersectionality, multiple identity development, and cultural frame switching. The last section of the chapter details how chapter authors view these issues from a range of standpoints.

Keywords: ego identity; identity formation; racial identity development; acculturation; immigration; transnationalism; intersectionality; multiple identity development; cultural frame switching

Chapter.  4145 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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